PCOS & Metformin

I want to start keto but my Dr advice me not and I’m on metformin and Bromocriptine but am IR and I have black neck and black laps even my armpit can any one help with any other fertility drug, also what vitamins and supplement can I used. Am bloating even as I’m try on low carbs and veg please I really need an encouragement from you all sisters.

  • Multivitamin to begin with. Took women formula from gnc then switched to another brand. I dont think i can live without it as it has been such a tremendous help in my overall being.
    Not all carbs and veggies are made equal. For example, cabbage. I can take cabbage as much and not feeling gassy or bloated. But my brother, if he ate too much cabbage, he will feel bloated. It may hv to do with blood type? I checked it out once the diet by blood type and for him, being a type O, cabbage n cauliflower does not go well with his body while i am a type A, any veggies are okay with me.
    Whereas for carbs, i been replacing my rice (being an asian, rice is just a daily staple) with sweet potatoes or casava roots. Usually i would just steamed them and eat it together with some protein n veggies during lunch time. U mite wanna research for carbs that are low in GI.
    I start my day with 5-6 egg whites scrambled with very lil oil with side veggies or soup. Low carb lunch and protein shake for dinner.
    Did the dr gv u reason why u cant do keto tho? Coz many ladies in this group reported success with it. Not that i am encouraging u to do it, but just plain curious on why.
  • No he did not tell me the reason not to do keto.
  • Thanks so much I will try the sweet potatoes but I though is very high in carbs.
  • The blood type diet has been debunked.
  • I dont exactly follow it per se, but i found some stuff works for me n my brother.
  • Yes, hi in carb so i eat very lil of it . Prolly around 3-4oz max a day. It may be sweet but for some reason got low gi.
  • Try keto.
  • But my Dr says if am ttc I should not that its has its own side effect.
  • It might make you sick for the first few days (to a week) as your body adjusts… and you may not be able to stay on it WHILE pregnant. But it very well might be that extra push you need to be ABLE to conceive.
  • Keto is healthy. Complete.
  • Please can you help explain more about the keto for PCOS.
  • Keto is extreme low carb. (20g or less per day). Lots of meats and veggies (minus carby ‘veggies’ like potatoes).
  • Most of us are insulin resistant. Meaning we have a hard time appropriately dealing with carbs in our diet. It causes us to over produce insulin. Excess insulin causes the dark spots you mentioned (acanthosis nigricans). It also can cause excess testosterone. The excess testosterone can throw other hormones off kilter and halt ovulation. No ovulation, no baby.
  • You said you are already low carb, but you might not be low ENOUGH for your body.
  • It’s worth a try.
  • Wendy what did you do for sugar cravings. I’m currently in keto.
  • Fat bombs are great. I’ve made choc mug ‘cake’ before. It’s made with eggs and no flour. It’s interesting but gets the job done.I’m not perfect. I totally had ice cream yesterday at my parents. And that’s ok. I cut out all potatoes and pastas and lost a tremendous amount of weight! I was 185 pounds and got down to 143! But I was also detailing cars in 110+ degree weather so I sweated my butt off and drank tons of Powerade and Gatorade. But idk if you are religious or not my husband and I fasted from those foods for a few months and then 2 months later I was pregnant!
  • I cut out all pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, sugars, anything in a box, I eat high protein and I drink a gallon of water a day. I also work out 2 hours a day. I have lost about 35 pounds. You can do this!!! Keep yours of motivated by doing it for you!!! Not anyone else. Love yourself and remember it’s not going to happen over night! It’s hard work but well worth it!
  • What did u do for sugar cravings?
  • I still have fruit if I want something sweet just not a lot with cool whip Cool whip only has 2 carbs per 2 tablespoons. Also I don’t know why but ever since I started eating super healthy and stuff if I even try to eat something that’s bad like I had a starburst my son gave me it taste gross. Kinda like my taste buds changed. In the beginning it was hard. Now it’s easy cause all the bad stuff is gross tasting and makes me sick if I eat it.
  • I have cut out all pasta, rice, bread even sugar but drink milk a little and honey.
  • I use a yoga ball for winter exercise and walk when it is nice enough, Btw 37 weeks pregnant with a boy.
  • And dont forget to do some kind of exercise. I am doing t-tapp exercise by teresa tapp. Some moves are available on youtube and hoe down is one of the best to bust the sugar level.
  • Angelyn I don’t really know the type of exercise but I do walk some miles every other day.
  • Any kind of exercise is always better than nothing.
  • I used vitex and it helped me to regulate my hormones. After about a year on it I had my blood tested and my pcos had improved which helped in weight loss.
  • Whats is this medication?
  • It stimulates the pituitary gland to help regulate hormones.
  • Do low carb then if not keto, I don’t count carbs just keep them low and I have lost 50 pounds. And preggers with a surprise after my birthday.
  • Look, I switched to eating more whole grains and, using vitamins with my metformin. I just started the cinnamon tablets and, I actually think they are working. But, the reality is that yes, keto is fast to lose weight and kudos to those who can. I was also advised against keto (I tried it too… I ended up passing out after 3 days). Whole grains works for me. I have lost 10 lbs in 2 months. It’s not as fast but, I have been told it is easier to maintain. I cut my carbs and I make sure I take in complex carbs. I have a soda on my cheat day… it’s not fast but my mother swears it is easier to maintain than any other diet. She says the biggest drawback is that it’s slow. If you do keto successfully, kudos to you. Eating brown rice, 100% whole wheat bread, and having those in moderation, while adding in more fruits and veggies, you will make progress. Metformin didn’t help me lose lots of weight like I saw from others but, I am being much more careful about how I eat now. I wish you the best of luck!
  • I will surely try that.
  • Can go for taurine capsules as supplement.. once daily. Have green tea. Consume fiber foods.do work outs.. can expect positive outcome.
  • Metformin will help with the black ring around the neck.
  • Are you sure but i have been takibgnit for three months now.
  • Metformin does not work for everyone and i come to believe that each of us, tho we may be labeled as someone with pcos .. yet very unique (as one thing may or may not work with our body).
  • Ultimately (what really worked for me, sans medication incl the metformin), total lifestyle change. No more processed food.. diary.. soy.. starches (bread n pasta).. carbs (white rice).. sugar (white/brown/anything).. soda ..
  • Only eat simple unprocessed food.. organic (as much as i can).. portion control.. Plus supplements (this help me a ton coz it balance the craving in my body) Low impact exercise and i splurge time to time whenever an occasion rises.. but moderately.. just did not eat like there is no tomorrow.
  • From all these changes, i got, regular period, better mental health, less sluggish, clearer brown marking (some disappear) , no more skin tags around neck area and losing some weight as bonus. I still hv to deal with facial hair (which i plugged religiously) and that about it.
  • Maybe take some probiotics to decrease the bloating.
  • Don’t even forget that.. 😊 we’re always here for you..
  • Thanks.
  • Try Ovasitol or OvaBoost, they both contain Myo Inositol which works wonder for pcos, I have the same issues with bloating and the darkening of skin, I feel for ya!
  • Ovasitol is not shipped to Nigeria and I don’t know how to get.
  • Have at least 8 glasses of water a day that really helped me with the bolting…also no fizzy drinks coke diet coke too.
  • Cinnamon
    Flaxseed oil
    Fish oil
    Inositol (part of the b vit family)
    A good probiotic
    And vitex.
PCOS Metformin
PCOS Metformin

To the ladies taking over the counter vitamins and meds to control their pcos.. what do you use? I’ve been taking metformin since last April and I feel it hasn’t done anything for me so I’d like to stop. I’d like to know what kind of stuff I can take together.. I currently take a prenatal and I’ve been using vitex for 4 weeks now. I’d like to try progesterone or insitol of some sort. Any recommendations and is it safe to use all together?

  • I’m currently taking inositol and vitex.
  • You may not notice any changes outwardly with metformin as it works at a cellular level. Has your insulin levels or A1c levels improved? If so then metformin is doing its job. Uncontrolled insulin resistance will eventually lead to diabetes and that has its own list of issues. As far as vitamins go they will only help if your lacking them. I would suggest having your dr check your levels.
  • I read the book 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS which was all about reversing PCOS naturally where possible. It’s a great resource to learn more about supplements. I take quite a few but the ones that I think make the most difference are berberine, zinc and a probiotic.
  • I’ve been using this. I want to find something to go along with it.

So I’m making the switch to low fat , dairy free and gluten free food as best as I can, I’m adding soy protein powder to boost my protein intake, . I have a bad back so exercise at the moment is very very limited but at the same time I have to loose weight and exercise to improve everything about this aweful condition .
I came off the metformin because I was tired of not bieng able to go to far without a bathroom attack 😕 I know I don’t have as bad symptoms as a lot of others, but I’m at the biggest I’ve ever been and feel so grotesque I don’t want to leave the house… so getting back on track…did anyone else try this type of diet and actually see results? TIA X

    • Healthy fats aren’t your bad guy. Large amounts of carbs are. If your cutting gluten then your not gonna have much of a energy source and your body may store everything it takes in.
    • Il be eating protein such as grilled chicken, fish, quinoa and nuts and vegetables aswell, I just need something that’s going to help because I lose it so slowly x
    • I’ve been doing Keto- Low carb/high fat/med protein since Jan 2nd. I have lost 10lbs and I know inches though I haven’t measured. I feel better than I have in years. Still a long way to go but I know I’ll get there with Keto.
    • Kelly that’s really good going well done! May I ask what fats your eating? Isit like olive oil etc? X
    • Unsalted butter, coconut oil, avocado, olive oil etc
    • Yes! Keto! Me too!
    • Me three only thing that’s worked and I’ve tried everything!!
    • Yes me four! Lost 18 pounds in 3 weeks! And the food is so tasty, you eat feeling full and don’t get hungry, love it.
    • Can I ask what this is? And how to do it please xxx
    • Google Ketogenic diet. You should be able to find a lot of good info.
    • Thanks ladies your so good I’m excited to try it x
    • As far as exercise, maybe exercises would be a starting point?
    • Manna I never thought of trying exercise from a sitting position 🙈 Thankyou so so much for this x
    • No problem! Its a big challenge for me too. Im recently out of my wheelchair, but still not walking fully on my own… ive gained alot of weight in the last few months so ive been trying to find things that work for me.
    • I know I’m not at a point that I need help much anymore, but I’m so wary of hurting myself again. But these are fantastic , I way more now than I did full term nearly 5 years ago. I can’t stand to look at my body from the neck down I just burst into tears x
    • I don’t know if you use it or not but I found Pinterest to be really helpful with finding exercises that accommodate my situation.
    • Ive never tried keto diet, but I am trying to go more plant-based and natural. And I found a lot of useful information on Pinterest as far as nutritional information and dieting also.
    • I’m in Pinterest this very second looking up recipes lol..I recently moved to stevia sweetener because it’s more natural , I’m getting conscious that my body is dealing with so much inside that i need to release the pressure by taking out as many processed things as I can x
    • Take a multivitamin just to make sure your getting enough otherwise you could end up tired and lethargic or even ill. Cook with coconut oil. Try swimming if you have a bad back it is brilliant exercise even if you just walked up and down the pool the resistance will work your muscles out x
    • I’m literallly making a shopping list while talking to you all your fab Thankyou so much x
    • Have you tried swimming?? Very low impact
    • I used to but the physio held me off until I was abit stronger, which I am now x so definitely on the to do list x
    • Everyone had great advice 💜 I’m proud of you for taking initiative of your health! I am now off my Metformin due to lifestyle changes. Good luck with this journey
    • It’s nice knowing I have a place where people understand , I’ve dieted in the past and the weight wasn’t shifting and people would say ..well you must be cheating it’s impossible to not lose weight doing a b or c…but I wasn’t cheating 😕…so I’m feeling confident when others have said this type of healthy eating working for them x
    • Totally! I found what works for me too. People are different and others just don’t understand that.
    • Be careful with soy products if you have a thyroid issue. That was one of the first things I was told to cut from my daughter’s diet when we found out her thyroid wasn’t functioning properly.
    • Also please consider a different protein source than soy. Try Vega! Its vegan,low carb,low sugar etc. I love it!
    • Vega? I’ve never heard of that will look for it.
    • Whey isolate is better for pcos because soy can raise estrogen levels.
    • Also- I had to try several different brands of metformin. Ask the pharmacist. Sometimes just a little bit different formulation makes a big difference
    • I didn’t know this about metformin! Thanks.
    • Someone told me earlier that when she took metformin with a probiotic, it stopped her diarrhea. I think you should give it a second try with a probiotic if you can’t work out. I’m going to try it myself. I will let everyone know if it works. But, mostly, the metformin doesn’t always give me diarrhea. Just sometimes. Your body might process it differently as pcos is different for everyone.
    • I ve read several articles that soy is not good. Especially for people with pcos.
    • I have read that soy makes it difficult for conceive either now or further down the line. Maybe you want to look into that.
    • Women Health (Astro Research on PCOS ,cyst ,Harmonal & Problem in Concive )
    • In my experience the bathroom trips became less frequent the longer I was on metformin. It also depended on what I was eating. If your eating all crap thats going to happen. I make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Try to stay away from fried and other fatty foods and refined sugars (candy, cake, soda is the worst).
    • I’m definatly going to give the metformin a go, I think I just get so stubborn and want my body to work how it’s meant to that I don’t see reason, I switched to almond milk today and getting another protein at the weekend x

I don’t know if i should ask here or not, but i recently started back up on Metformin (as i also was diagnosed with diabetes type 2) I am left feeling dizzy, heart pounding (enough that you can visibly see my chest bouncing, it has me quite unnerved), headaches etc.

Had anyone else here gotten dizzy and heart pounding symptoms from the metformin?

Last time i was on them, they didnt do this, but i know medicin makes us react diffrent, so i figured i’d ask before i started freaking out too much.

(my heart isnt racing, its between 70-90 bpm which is okay-ish according to my doc)

    • You started on a too high of a dosage… Same thing happened to me.
    • It’s a low dose, 1 pill a day, dont even think they come in smaller doseages than the ones i got? 500mg a day
    • What are you on? I was able to get 250 and cut them in half.
    • Just Metformin 500 mg
    • I’m following doctors orders by taking just 1 a day for now, eventually, because of my diabetes, i need to take three times as much, two in the morning, twice at evening. But so far, its only 1 a day. It’s just really uncomfortable, the pounding heart is the worst, the rest i can deal with.
    • Let the doctor know. If your body can’t take that amount it can do more damage then good. I ended up in getting a heart test because they did that to me.
    • I use to get headaches a tad bit higher heart rate on metformin but i kept trying to let it work then finally enough was enough and the doctor pulled me off my body couldnt handle it at all so im on victoza now.
    • But my heart rate isnt high, and my heart isnt racing, just pounding very very hard, an that combined with feeling dizzy just makes me very uncomfortable. might not even be related to metformin, but idk. I’ve been to a doctors about it already and my heart seems fine, no issues there, bloodwork done also seems fine. o.e i wish there was an app or something that would tell me if what i felt was good or bad lol. at this point anxiety has also reared its ugly head. :<
    • If i get to worked up i scare myself into a panic attack maybe turn on some classical music and relax a bit how long u been on metformin
    • Less than a week.
    • Have you tested your blood pressure while you’re feeling like this? Pounding heart and headaches could be indicative of it being very high.
    • Blood preassure is fine as well.
    • That’s really good. If your BP is ok try not to get too anxious that it’s anything serious. I know that’s much easier said than done! Ps I noticed from your profile you’re Danish? I’m in Aarhus. X

Has anyone taken metformin through out their pregnancy?

    • I took it until my second trimester. Then I was told I could stop.
    • My OB told me to stop after 12 weeks.
    • I’ve been taking it the whole way so far. I’ll be 12 weeks Friday. Not sure yet after that.
    • My ob had me stop around 12 weeks
    • No.
    • Yes the hole time. With both pregnancys.
    • Me too.
    • What dosage?
    • 500mg twice a day. But the l got GD and by the end of my pregnancy l was at 2000mg twice a day.
    • Whole time
    • I’m about to start Clomid but my gyn has already told me I’ll be on it the whole time
    • Whole time with all my 3 pregnancies.
    • Did metformin have any side effect on you or baby.
    • I was told to stop when I was about 7 weeks I think.
    • I have stopped after the first tri with both but if successful in conceiving a third time, I will ask if I can stay on. I gained soooo much weight while off of it both during pregnancy but more so while breastfeeding and off it
    • My doctor told me to stop at 20 weeks… Anxious to see if I pass my glucose test in a few weeks without it.
    • Metformin only for diabetes type 1.
    • Not only buy it is most commonly known for diabetes.
    • Lots of people with pcos have insulin resistance which is pre-prediabetes. With insulin resistance your body doesn’t use the insulin made by your pancreas properly. So your pancreas keeps making insulin to bring your sugar levels down which causes excess hormones. Metformin helps your body use insulin the way it’s supposed to cutting down on the amount of sugars in your body and helping to balance out the hormones.
    • I did until they had to put me on insulin for the last 3 months due to my sugar levels being too high.
    • Yep. Whole time.
    • I did.
    • Yes everything was fine it’s safe to use in pregnancy xx
    • Yes. Helps prevent miscarriage for PCOS women.
    • I don’t think that’s actually true, I’ve been on metformin for years and have had 5 losses around the same time in my pregnancies
    • Sorry for your losses.
    • The whole time and my baby is doing great.

I’m starting metformin! They said I’ll feel sick for a week but the positive side effects…I can’t complain with those! I need more energy. I want to be thin again.

  • Make sure you dont take it with any carbs…
  • What happens if I do?
  • Major stomach trouble as it doesn’t absorb well with carbs.
  • Don’t go anywhere that you won’t be close to restroom 🚽 that you feel comfortable really going in,runs isn’t the word you literally feel like you took like 5 laxatives at 1st & the smell of it isn’t pleasant at all,that was my initial experience at least…
  • Have you been tested for insulin issues. If not I wouldn’t take it. Taking it and not needing it can lead to stroke or lactic acidosis which are both potentially fatal. It’s NOT guaranteed to help you lose weight even if you get the insulin under control.
  • I was on it for years and it didn’t help me at all, made me constantly sick. Worst experience ever. I hope it works for you though.
  • I didn’t have any physical side effects are all… however I don’t eat any carbs at all..maybe that’s why..
  • Sadly my liver and kidney levels aren’t good enough to take it.. i get tested in another month.

Does anyone do keto diet while taking metformin strictly for PCOS, not diabetes? My friend has done the keto diet for years and says that I’m probably just experiencing what they call the “Atkins Flu” but I keep on getting that low blood sugar shaky feeling, just wondering if this is a side effect of the metformin and keto mixing or ?

  • I wonder the same, I’m on metformin for pcos only, i am not insulin resistant and don’t have high blood sugar levels ever!
  • All the times I’ve trying going low carb I get sick and shaky To the point that I end up eating carbs again. I’ve yet to conquer this. Grrr. Its so frustrating.
  • I’m on metformin for PCOS, slight insulin resistance, blood sugar & pressure is great, and am doing keto. I honestly think you might need to eat more girl! Like even a cup of baby spinach or brocolli added on to make sure you’re full & what I do is I take my metformin mid-meal to make sure I don’t get any side effects.
  • I don’t snack, just 3 main meals, but I will admit that I have a little bit of fruit with each meal (a few raspberries, a slice of pear/apple) to keep me sane.
  • Ok, just started yesterday, I probably should have brought more snacks to work. I had a few teaspoons of pb and that helped me not go into full blown low blood sugar feeling. Today I had a boiled egg, a thing that I found a recipe for called Eggies ( 8 eggs scrambled, cheese, bell peppers bacon and you bake them in the oven in a muffin tin) a whole can of tuna with avocado and sour cream and then about 2 hours after that I got that horrible feeling ate the pb and just ate some cheese just now. I’m hoping it’ll get better. I just didn’t know if the metformin wasn’t a good idea to mix with the keto but sounds like you are going it successfully so I’m just going to keep on pushing through and go get me some nuts to snack on too.
  • That sounds like a blood sugar drop! Snacking is actually not the best for PCOS, because it makes your blood sugar freak out constantly. I feel soo much better if I have 3 large meals each day, take my metformin at each meal, and let me body remain balanced in between (only drink water or herbal tea in between meals) & then your allowing your body to fast in between meals!
  • Ok thank you!!! I know that I want to cut out the sugar and bread from my diet but I don’t know how to do it I’m just trying to start somewhere and I’m better with a plan or directions to follow 🙂 I’m not a big soda drinker so the tons of water for me is not a problem I’m generally consuming at least 100 oz a day if not more. I was wondering about herbal teas because I like those as well. I will try to eat more food at my meals and if I’m not weighing it down with carbs then
  • It shouldn’t be TOO hard to do… maybe? lol
  • I’m a serial snacker (used to be) and it’s working so well for me! I just eat more veg, brocolli, spinach, kale with my meals and hot herbal tea keeps me satisfied inbetween!
  • i am a sweet-a-holic! I have cut back on that a lot but since then I’ve been craving bread, pasta, pizza is the worse and doesn’t help that Pizza Hut here has a 5.00 buffet on Tuesday nights!!!! Since I’m also TTC I figured no time like the present to get going on this!!! Thank you for your help!
  • What is ttc? You could make a pizza omelette for dinner with cheese and pepperoni!
  • I would personally ask this question in the keto group. There are many women in the keto group Im in that have pcos and know a loooot about keto.
  • Cool!!! Can you add me? I’m not a member of any groups like that.
  • I’m on metformin and I get soooo crazy sick on keto…anxiety, shakes, etc. i tried everything and I just can’t do it. I made it 2 weeks but I felt like death so I added more green veggies and might add berries. Why does it happen!?!?
  • Oh no!!! I’m hoping that my body will adjust. I was feeling like poo earlier and I just got finished eating my baked chicken drumstick with a big serving of salad and I feel back to normal (besides wanting something sweet!) so maybe that’s the key? Idk?
  • Please check with your drs on this. I did a low carb diet years back with good results but made sure to eat high enough carbs to not be doing the keto diet because I was told it is unsafe… Maybe I was told that because I was on metformin at the time, I’m not sure, but please check with your drs
  • I upped my carbs. I think it might be bc of my metformin..I like metformin though, and I’m not ready to stop it so I’ll eat more veggies 😊

So today i went to see the doctor and he prescribed me Metformin 500 mg twice daily. It is to help lose weight. My question is does it help at all with ovulation? Or what are other things it helps with?

  • Depends on your body. It might help with ovulation it might not. I was prescribed met for my insulin resistance not just to help me lose weight even though it has help with weight lose.
  • It helps some people lose weight, it helps some people ovulate. But it definitely helps with insulin resistance.
  • How long were you on met before it started changing your appetite and weight loss?
  • I just started today.
  • Ah. I have been on it for almost a month. I guess I haven’t noticed a difference yet. Maybe soon I will though!
  • Maybe it just takes some time. Do you expierence stomach pains by any chance?
  • Yes sometimes. Not much. I am on the extended release!
  • I lost 11lbs on it but found it worked better for me when I was on 2000mg a day was on 5 months and I finally ovulated and now 23 weeks and 4 days pregnant with a little girl I didn’t ovulate before it deffo helped me
  • Congratulations
  • It’s for insulin.. nothing else.. but if you get your insulin under control it MIGHT help other issues. It’s not helped anything but my sugar so..
  • It doesn’t necessarily help with weight loss,I have been on it for 10+ years and have been overweight the majority of those years. I have always ovulated with PCOS so not sure if it helps with that or not, it’s mainly used for insulin resistance. I know for me losing weight by healthy eating/exercise helped me the most. I lost 90# with diet and exercise and was able to reverse pre-diabetes, high blood pressure among other things.
  • That’s awesome Heather. What did you do to lose the weight?
  • How do you get passed being on metformin 2000 mg and the side effects? I am fine on 1500 mg, but 2000 is hard 🙁
  • I was on 2000mg a day and yes hard but I got thro it I just kept hoping for a baby and I was talking to some one on a group they were all saying once u get to 2000mg a day they have fallen pregnant to I persevered with it
  • Thank you, it gives me hope, 🙂 my main side effect is the frequent trips to the wc would the slow release be as effective as the normal one?
  • Well it worked as I’m 23 weeks pregnant with a girl but yes I did need to go loo alot but after a while I was ok and the tummy cramps went after a while it’s just waiting for your body to get use to it then it’s ok.
  • Brilliant 🙂 thank you so much 🙂
  • It helps. PCOS is like a domino effect on your body. If you start fixing the root of the issue (insulin resistance) everything else will fall back into place. Metformin definitely helped me lost weight and get a regular cycle. My son is two and we are trying again 🙂
  • Unless you have insulin resistance it won’t do much for you. It’s really scary that doctors think metformin is for weight loss or help with pcos. The only way it will help with either of those things is if your issue is your insulin levels. My doctor tried to put me on metformin even though I’m not insulin resistant. I tried it bc I was desperate. It never made a difference.
  • It’s how I got pregnant twice.
  • My a1c is down. 3 and I’m ovulating again (read crazy periods) but no noticeable weight loss.

PCOS & Insulin Resistance

Any natural remedies for insulin resistance instead of metformin?

  • My doctor said eating healthy, cutting out carbs and exercising would help a lot. She kept stressing carbs.
  • Don’t eat carbs.
  • It’s impossible not to eat carbs as everything but meat has carbs.
    How long have you been on metformin?
    Inositol kinda works in the same way but it doesn’t work for everyone.
  • Meat and green veggies. That is all i eat.
  • I had to eat healthy and lose weight.

Does anyone else get really sick from taking metformin? If so what helps to calm that? I work with food and it’s so hard to take the metformin and smell that food I cook without getting sick 🙁 and I keep getting off the meds cuz I can’t handle it.

  • Are you taking extended release? It makes a difference. I had to avoid carbs to keep from having issues.
  • Me too! I took mine with protein of some sort in the morning. I usually had a carnation instant breakfast and whatever I had time for. That helped me a lot.
  • Are you just starting metformin?
  • Yeah it’s the extended release. And I take it before bed but I still wake up really sick
  • It will take some time for your body to adjust. How many mg did you start with.
  • 500
  • Take it before you begin eating your dinner so it can filter through dinner. I’m not a doctor, but it seems like your blood sugar might be dropping.
  • I’ve started and stopped a few times in the last year. But I’ve stayed on it for 2 months and the side effects never decreased.
  • Try taking it at dinner time. Yes extended release can be taken at bedtime but it’s still recommended to take with food.
  • Yeah I usually take it within half hr of eating dinner.
  • What’s your diet like?
  • Trying low carb but some days don’t go so well. I really don’t eat much though.
  • Is there anything I can eat to try to calm it? I don’t always eat supper so not sure what to do those nights.
  • Take b12 with it, and try really really hard to eat regularly. That’s a lot of the reason why you’re feeling so sick. Especially if you’re insulin resistant.
  • I’ve been on it for 3 weeks, the nausea has subsided but still have diarrhoea- I’m working up to 1500mg current on 1000mg… it’s important to start off low and then slowly work your way up to higher dosage.
  • I been taking it for 5 years and still have days im feeling sick and being sick. You just have to be careful what you eat and when you eat.
PCOS insulin resistance
PCOS insulin resistance

Y’all….metormin is bout to kill my ass. Literally. An good nausea/dia remedies y’all swear by?

    • Mint gum for the nausea.
    • Cutting carbs is the only thing that helps me.
    • I took a probiotic with it and that REALLY helped!
    • Cutting carbs helps me a lot!
    • It legit kills me!
    • How much are you taking at one time? When I took too much – bad news… cut down – no probs.
    • You need to go slow at first, I was supposed to take 500mg once a day at first then twice a day and then 1000mg in the morning and 500mg in the evenings and then finally 1000mg mornings and evenings.
    • I have the 500 mg/day – dr told me to do 2000 mg/day … I decided to do 2-500 at one time – chills, fever, aches, diarrhea- I went back to 2-500 per day.
    • It took me almost a year to get up to 2000 a day. Start with smaller doses. Definitely eat half your meal, take it, then finish.
    • I was thinking about doing them through out the day – I chickened out after that one time … it took me 24 hrs to bounce back.
    • If you eat cleaner. You won’t have the side effects. Cut back on carbs..grease..etc and you’ll be fine.
    • Try chai tea with honey or ginger tea with honey.
    • Lower carbs and time for your body to adjust.
    • Take it with food and it will last for couple of weeks only.
    • You need to work up slowly. 500 a day for a week. Then 1000 a day for a week etc. it will suck! Preggie pops help the nausea and I like dollar generals gel capsule anti diarrheal’s. They work wonders.
    • Nauzeen tabs are a must. And limit your carbs and sugar for sure.
    • Gravol.
    • Peppermint tea.
    • Thank you so much ladies! I’ve started to cut back on carbs, which sucks because both me and my bf LOVE cooking and eating eheh. But yes, I will totally take y’alls recommendations!
    • If I eat bread at all, I end up in the bathroom. I’m learning what I can’t have on Metformin. You will too.
    • Sadly eating no carbs or sugar. I don’t know how long you’ve been on it but after a while your body will adjust and you’ll be able to tolerate sugar and carbs eventually, just not a lot.

PCOS & Insulin Resistance. I really need some help with trying to loss weight. HELP please.

  • Low carb high fat of some form works well for most of us.
  • IS there a specific name I can follow or examples?
  • Ketogenic diet, 20 pounds down in a month and such nice food that you don’t feel deprived.
  • Keto, Atkins. Paleo can be adapted to be low carb. If you search google or Pinterest for low carb recipes all sorts of results will pop up
  • Basically with low carb you try to avoid: Grains, so breads, pasta, rice, corn, etc. Fruits of all kinds. If you crave fruit berries are best in moderation. Root veggies, so potatoes, carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes. You eat lots of meat, above ground veggies, cheese, butter, olives, nuts, olive oil. Etc
  • Are root veggies good or no?
  • If your doing low carb, they are a no no. They tend to be higher on carbs
  • You should to have diet made with a nutritionist and go in for sports with a suitable pulse 🙂 I think so.
  • Sadly most nutritionist have all the old information where carbs are good and fat is bad. They also may not understand insulin resistance. For those of us who are insulin resistant it’s the opposite. Carbs are bad and fat is good.
  • Even after all I know, it is still hard to accept that fat is good since we have been trained for so long that fat is bad. It’s like being raised in a cult religion and being finally set free but being unable to unlearn the old ways. 😂
  • Lol that’s a good way to put that.
  • There are nutritionist who specialize in diets for PCOS. I’ve found a couple in my area.
  • I said most. Not all.
  • Yesssss. I find that they don’t even understand PCOS let alone Insulin Resistance. So I figured I would seek some additional help and support from people who truly understand.
  • Here’s a site filled with all kinds of information.
  • Have a look at the book “the period manual” it’s fantastic x
  • I have been on Keto since October and already lost 60lbs. I am insulin resistant, I have PCOS, & an under-active thyroid. Just make sure you do it right. Make sure you are educated. Make sure you take a daily vitamin. There’s a few awesome low carb groups on Facebook.
  • I love keto-adaption group
  • I’m not in that will. I will have to look it up. 🙂 my main is Low Carb and losing it.
  • I’m not to educated on this stuff but been looking into dieting as well! Did you cut out dairy too?
  • I did personally because it stalled me and I later found out I was allergic.
  • High fat high protien diet.
  • I heard doing low carb, high fat, & high protein “doesn’t work.” What have your results been Bonnie Ann because I’m very interested. On the weeks that I do higher protein, high fat, & low carbs, I lose more than I would doing moderate protein.
  • I drink soy milk with protien shake… they say soy is bad but i started my period for the first time in god knows how long! I also make half my plate cooked veggies! Cooked kale is my fav… i eat dark chocolate 70% or higher… for my sweet craving… i try to make better choices more protien… the first two werks i lost ten lbs but when i got my period…. i got off track… im sure u can understand lol… put on a new pair of pants… which i wear by waist measurement well im down two inches but during my period i gained back 4lbs! But still down two inches in my waist… protien ive noticed helps me feel fuller and curbs my carb craving… i believe u said u were insulin resistant which i am too… i found that the high protien helped me regulate!
  • Awesome. Thank you for your advice. I will stick to the higher protein and see how that goes. I love higher protein. I feel so much better.
  • I drink that $14 protien powder and soy milk… a lot of pcos girls say no no no to soy… but it has something that mimics estrogen which is why its bad for men… i drank ate well two weeks later it was like christmas! I had my period!
  • Keto diet.
  • Everyone is different. You don’t know until you start plugging into your own equation. If you don’t loose weight fast don’t stress out about it. It’s a process. Education is key. Read and read and try different things until you find what works. Don’t give up. It’s hard but not impossible! Low carb high fats seems to work for everyone. Nothing processed or prepackaged. Just start trying
  • If you’re hungry, eat. But be realistic. No junk. No chips, no candy, no crackers, no sweets. Eat meat, veggies. Cook with good fat like real butter and coconut oil.
  • Drink more water. Cut out soda. Baby steps. Exercise helps.
  • The keto diet is working amazingly for me as well.
  • I went to the doctor for this yesterday and she told me to literally only eat grass fed meats and vegetables. Also only drink water.
  • Nothing with sugar what so ever because it is poison to our bodies.
  • She told me to do that and you will see a huge difference.
  • I found this book really helpful, and since following it I’ve definitely felt better, had more energy, sleeping better, etc. I haven’t weighed in yet to see if I’ve lost any weight though, though I do feel less bloated.
  • I’m doing the 17 day diet and then I’m switching to keto! But I will be checking out the Insulin resistant book mentioned above!!!
  • Well basically if you can follow 160 gram carbohydrate diet you are a winner.
  • Just watch how much carbohydrate you are having for breakfast, snack, lunch, tea and dinner time.
  • This 160 gram carbohydrate should be equal for the 5 times meal. You can find tables on google of how much gram each ingredients has. Basically forget white flour made pastries, breads, rolls and have whole meal bread/roll. Forget sugar(and sweets and chocolates) and have eritrit, xilit, sucralose, stevia as sweetener. Fruit wise, you can have fruits and vegetables but not for breakfast or dinner as they fasten. Try to have 2-2.5 liter water a day! You can have meats, especially white meat ( turkey and chicken) and lots of fish, seafood etc. Forget pastas, you can have pasta once a week and try to have durum pasta. Rice wise only basmati rice and brown rice good for us. Try to get Merckformin if you can’t lose weight, my dose is 2000mg / day. I follow rules and take merck since 3 months and lost 15kg already and 3 cloth size ( I was UK 20 and I’m 14 now) It’s really hard, but try. Ah and I don’t do any gym what so ever.
  • I went to a dietician a week ago and she told me to do low fat, hi fibre and low gi but nearly everyone on here is saying the complete opposite. I’m so confused now.
  • Low glisemic index and low fat would be hard to do. Low gi means the foods that are gonna spike your blood sugar the least. Well that leaves out all the grains. So you need to get your energy source from somewhere which is fat.
  • Unfortunate I have had the same issues. I saw two nhs dietitians and I was eating clean. They told me to stop and eat pasta potatoes.they don’t look into our condition they just treat it like diebetes.I was having chicken with salad for lunch she told me to have half of a small chicken breastfeeding and add some pasta.and for tea I was having salmon with veg.she told me to cut out half the veg and have potatoes with it.they only think of a valanced diet when that doesn’t work for everyone.try things.if they don’t work for you try something else. Good luck.
  • She actually gave me a heap of information on pcos and it had that a low fat diet is the best diet. I just have no clue and I have no idea what to eat.
  • I should really check my spelling and turn the predictive spelling off lol apologies
  • That’s okay I understood!
  • Me too.
  • Insulin resistance is not diabetes! We can still have fruits ( obviously not grape) and vegetables and meats etc. We just need to be careful how much and what type of carbohydrate we are having.
  • Smaller portion 5 times a day helps you not to starve.
  • Unfortunately insulin resistance is not so common then diabetes and dietician may tell you exactly the same information what they tell to the diabetic people however that could be wrong.
  • Have you seen endocrinologist? They know exactly what your problem is.
  • Insulin resistance is a diabetes precursor. Controlling the insulin resistance to the best of your ability will prolong the journey to diabetes. Fruit are a Nono.
  • You can have fruit just not for breakfast or dinner when your insulin works the worst. Obviously fruit doesn’t mean 1 whole melon. 1 apple or 1 orange or 1 clementine for snack and you need to take something slow with it. Your food intake needs to be organized and planned. Your insulin has no sense of time. You could eat a three am snack and your insulin will still work the same way at a 5pm dinner time. Im not arguing. You say what your doctor says I say what mine here in Hungary. Have a good day
  • Keto diet.
  • Gonna follow cuz I’ve just been losing it the unhealthy way. Coffee and water all day and only eating dinner.
  • Try paleo diet.
  • Keto.. lost 42 pounds in 3 months.
  • OK, so how can we do this when my daughter (who has PCOS) is anaphylactically allergic to beef, pork, lamb, dairy, egg, tree nuts, and gluten (that’s the only one that works here). HELP!!!
  • Chicken? Fish? Olive oil, avacodo, above ground veggies.
  • Yes, we do do chicken, fish, and turkey, but there are only so many ways to prepare it. She hates avocado, squash, not a fan of leafy veggies – I can’t think of others right now to try? 🙁 (she’s 14 – tough age!)
  • I would advise to speak to your doctor as I did the low carb high fat diet and before my bad cholesterol was normal and after it was high. Always speak to your doctor before anything as everyone is different.
  • I started KETO 4 days ago and I’ve Lost 4lbs I know I’m new to it and early days but it’s working and o feel great.
  • Your body is going through an adjustment period. Your bad cholesterol may go up but after a while it will level out and become normal.
  • Another question: I get the low carb for the insulin resistance, but why high fat? Even “healthy” fats like avocado and olives – don’t those eventually cause heart and cholesterol problems and/or pack on pounds?
  • No they don’t cause heart problems or cholesterol problems. They high carbs do that damage.
  • Fat and protein is broken down slower then carbs do so more is used for energy and less is stored as body fat.
  • Can you please explain this to me more? If it is broken down more slowly, wouldn’t it need to be stored until it can be used for energy (ie: stored as fat)?
  • Maybe he can explain that better then I can. But since it takes more time to be broken down into glucose more is used as fuel for the body. It’s like your body is on a lazy river. Blood sugar wise. When you eat carb heavy your more on a rollercoaster of blood sugar so you feel those highs and lows. Hence why you may want a nap after eating a carb heavy meal.
  • Hmmm…I recently went full-on vegan to try to support my daughter (a BIG switch from the meat-cheese eating lifestyle I’d had for years). In the process, I also cut out simple sugars and refine carbs, but went full-on with complex carbs from whole foods/plant-based meals. On my previous diet, I felt a roller coaster of blood sugars but on this vegan diet, I feel great! Even though I’m consuming a lot of carbs, they are complex carbs (not simple refined carbs) – is there a difference between the 2 for PCOS? Why does a PCOS diet lump the 2 together (ie: like sweet potatoes, onion, beets, etc as just as bad as bread, pasta, etc)?
  • To the body carbohydrates are carbohydrates.
  • Sorry to keep bugging with questions: what are some above-ground vegetables that are considered OK besides squash and leafy greens. I’m assuming beans, peas, corn, maybe tomatoes – those are all bad??
  • OK, I found some on this list (but radishes and onions are below ground – lol!)
  • Green beans are ok. Corn is a grain so that’s a no no. Tomatoes you have to be careful with as they can be carb heavy. Cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower.
  • Yeah, I saw that on the list: several kinds of squash (cucumbers and Zucchini) = she doesn’t like squash – ugh!!!
  • You could look up the Atkins induction phase approved food list and go based off that.
  • U have to do what fits ur lifestyle best but I’m on profile by sandford. And I’ve lost almost 20 pds in less than a month! I have PCOS, insulin resistance and hypothyroidism. It’s an awesome program. It sounds expense but after you take away eating out and all the extras it’s about the same amount of money. Plus if u get ppl to sign up u BOTH get free food. I’m telling u this program is awesome 👏
  • Is this available in Australia?
  • I went to my.gp yesterday about the same thing and he told me to go carb free and eat plenty of protein and fat and excersize.
  • Me as well.
  • First rule: cut down/Away ALL carbs! Always carry carrot or cucumber Sticks in your purse/bag for when that Little sugar-demon appears.
  • Carrots are high in carbs like many other root veggies.
  • Yeah but these carbs are Better Than the ones in yoghurt or other snacks- i’m studying nutrition and health so i I Know what i’m talking About.
  • Yes, this is what I want to know. From my post above: Hmmm…I recently went full-on vegan to try to support my daughter (a BIG switch from the meat-cheese eating lifestyle I’d had for years). In the process, I also cut out simple sugars and refine carbs, but went full-on with complex carbs from whole foods/plant-based meals. On my previous diet, I felt a roller coaster of blood sugars but on this vegan diet, I feel great! Even though I’m consuming a lot of carbs, they are complex carbs (not simple refined carbs) – is there a difference between the 2 for PCOS? Why does a PCOS diet lump the 2 together (ie: like sweet potatoes, onion, beets, etc as just as bad as bread, pasta, etc)?
  • Beets and onions are okay cause they have a high level of minerals and essentiel vitamins… stay Away from all kinds of potatoes! Use lots of beans(kidney, chikpeas and so on in stead of potatoes- These Will help maintaning a good bloodsugar-level… I recommend making vegetable-spaghetti instead of wholegrain- you can buy a slicing-tool for making vege-spaghetti… 😄 I dont Know whether there is a difference between the 2 types og carbs especially for pcos- just that you should try your Best to consume complex carbs if any.
  • Thank you! This is more in line with how we have been eating. I was concerned because Atkins (recommended above) discourages beans, seeds, and legumes (at least initially). Without those, we would have very few sources of protein to choose from. I would think complex carbs are better, in general, than simple ones. I’m curious about your statement to stay away from all kinds of potatoes as I’ve heard that sweet potatoes are better than white potatoes? I think I need a personal nutritionist -lol!
  • I recommend to stay Away from all potatoes because of the natural High level of starch- which in the body is transformed to simple carbs! 😣 if you want potatoes of Any kind in your daily foodintake then cook them and Eat them after they have cooled completely- this Will “turn-off” the starch’ bad carb effect.
  • I follow a plant based diet. While most people say high fat low carb mine is typically the opposite. While I did eat meat the diet that helped the most was Whole30 or following a Paleo diet. I can not stress how important some form of physical activity while eating better is. You have to move. You have to move. YOU HAVE TO MOVE. You also have to love your body, flaws and all. Write down your expectations. Set attainable short term goals to keep you going. And remember you aren’t everyone else. It might take you a year to lose 10 pounds it might take you 2 weeks but stick with it. It’s for your health. Also, drink water. Lots and lots of water. 3 liters if you can. I’m a long way from my destination and it took me more than a decade to get this mentality down. You got this!
  • I’ve been successful with a ketogenic diet. It’s the only thing that worked for me. I’m able to stay off metformin and control my blood sugar with it. I eat less than 20g of carbs per day. Which is literally NO carbs. I eat non-carby veggies (leafy greens, mostly) and meat. I eat dairy, but I don’t seem to have any issues with it.
  • For me, Paleo is the best. It really works! It helps with hair and skin issues.
  • How do you do keto diet?